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Duties on Steel and Aluminum

Posted on March 09, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

President Trump signed two Presidential Proclamations yesterday – one on steel imports and one on aluminum imports.  The President is imposing an additional 25% duty on steel, and an additional 10% duty on aluminum, imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico beginning on March 23, 2018.The breakdown is as follows:Steel Dutiesthe 25% additional duty will apply to “steel articles” imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico as of March 23, 2018; “steel articles” are defined by reference to Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6-digit subheading, as follows:  “7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions... Read More

The LTL Sector of Trucking

Posted on March 08, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

In today’s market of “I want it now”, the LTL sector of trucking will see spectacular growth in 2018. With the demand of wanting more frequent and smaller deliveries, the LTL sector will have to adapt by purchasing different types of equipment and adding expedited and guaranteed services. E-commerce consumers and manufacturers are impacting the LTL industry because of the impatience of consumers who want their products fast and frequently. With that being said, an increase in pricing for LTL may be due to increased regulations, fuel, and shortage of qualified drivers.Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL)... Read More

Rail Intermodal Transport is Taking the Lead

Posted on February 20, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Are you looking for a cost-effective logistical solution to meet your transportation needs? Rail intermodal services offer an environmentally friendly way of moving freight while significantly reducing your transportation spend. An easy shipping solution in which a truck- trailer or shipping container is transported by rail combined with a water or truck movement at one or both ends; typically avoiding highway congestion and reducing your transportation cost. According to the Association of American Railroad (AAR) in 2016, rail intermodal accounted for approximately 24 percent of revenue for the major U.S. railroads. We continue to see a significant growth in demand... Read More

“Green” Solutions in Sea Freight

Posted on February 16, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Ecology has been an international preoccupation for several years. Many countries are reinforcing norms and increasing taxes to help fight against pollution. Each year, fuel charges amount to between $6.15 and $12.3 million for each vessel. Therefore, some companies are looking for solutions to save on their fuel consumption. Recent studies show that cargo is currently creating as much pollution as 50 million of cars.In France, some of the former workers from Airbus Company have created a startup named SeaWing. Inspired by kite-surfing, the creators imagined a large towing kite connected to the vessels’ bow in order to reduce fuel consummation... Read More

First Completed Test Run for a Self-driving Truck

Posted on February 13, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

The first completed test run for a self-driving semi-truck was in early February from Los Angeles, California to Jacksonville, Florida. Embark, the manufacturer of the technology, has created a self-driving truck. The truck is a level 2 self-driving truck which means that there has to be a driver present in order for the truck to move. The driver’s purpose is to ensure the truck is operated properly while actively monitoring its progress. The goal for Embark is to create a level 4 truck which, if successful, can be operated with no driver.The goal of Embarks self-driving trucks is to... Read More

MPF Increase in 2018

Posted on January 19, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) adjusted certain user fees effective January 1, 2018. In accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).The minimum merchandise processing fee (MPF) will be increased to $25.67 from $25 and the maximum will be raised to $497.99 from $485. MPF is assessed by CPB for most imports into the US on an ad valorem basis, with the percentage being used to calculate MPF remaining at .3464%. MPF will be waived for goods that qualify for certain free trade agreements, such as NAFTA.The MPF for entries under $2,500 will remain at the $2 flat rate.About... Read More

Weather and Its Impact on the Supply Chain

Posted on January 17, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

It is no mystery to anyone that the winter weather of 2017 into 2018 has been very harsh, especially in the Northeastern regions.  While many people saw the effects that Hurricane Irma had on the supply chains of affected regions, many are now understanding that it is not only tropical weather that has the ability to interrupt or alter the supply line – rather, any extremely inclement weather has the capacity to have a negative impact on supply (Blatherwick, 2017; Garenstein, n.d.).  This impact on the supply lines essentially comes down to only a few items that are of concern:... Read More

Air Freight Capacity Issues

Posted on December 21, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Peak season used to traditionally take place in August and September as shippers were rushing to get freight delivered for the upcoming holiday season, via ocean. However, the current marketplace, influenced by consumer’s reliance on e-commerce, has shifted away from ocean toward air cargo. As a result, we are not only seeing a bigger peak season for air cargo than ocean, but we are seeing higher volumes for air shipments year around.One region hit particularly hard this peak season has been Europe, where volume has caused air carriers to max their capacity and driving up spot rates... Read More

Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018

Posted on December 21, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

There are several key supply chain trends to watch in 2018 - Omnichannel Revenue ManagementThe retail supply chain has been going through a massive transformation. Traditional brick and mortar retailers seek to leverage their stores to better compete against Amazon and other e-commerce retailers. ARC’s Chris Cunnane does an annual survey omnichannel retail in conjunction with DC Velocity.  The main reason retailers invest in expensive omnichannel initiatives is to increase sales, increase market share, and improve customer loyalty.  Meanwhile, most retailers have trouble understanding just what their profitability is surrounding different omnichannel order flow paths.... Read More

A Great Alternative for Super Loads

Posted on December 19, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

When transporting oversized machinery across the United States and Canada — the Great Lakes offer a tempting alternative to rail and truck. The Great Lakes are connected by a series of channels and canals leading ocean vessels and barges inland as far west as Duluth, Minnesota. As manufacturers continue building larger and more powerful equipment, transporters are challenged to find safe, cost-effective routes for these super loads. Rail and truck are reliable means but can be hindered by dimensional and weight restrictions as well as local DOT permitting and escort concerns. The open waters of the Great Lakes allow flexibility... Read More

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